It looks as though things might really be about to change at the Justice Department. As Attorney General nominee Bill Barr awaits his Senate confirmation, deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is now expected to leave his job soon.
FOX News says that according to their sources, Rosenstein plans to “transition out of his job” in the coming weeks.
That is welcome and long-awaited news. Given his huge conflicts of interest, Rosenstein was the last person who should have been in the position to oversee the special counsel. As he refused to acknowledge that, he needed to be fired or “induced” to step down. And the fact that Trump couldn’t fire him without being accused of obstruction –- even after Trump learned that he’d talked about secretly recording him and possibly even working with Cabinet members to unseat him under the 25th Amendment –- shows how twisted this whole Russia “investigation” is.
I would add that Rosenstein’s “transition” out of the DOJ absolutely must include a very special “exit interview,” under oath, with the Senate Judiciary Committee. Chairman Lindsay Graham is surely working on that now, because once Rosenstein is out of his job and back in the private sector, he will also be out of reach of the Inspector General, who is limited to interviewing current government staff. We can't possibly know all the factors that might have contributed to his decision to depart, but if I were a betting man, I'd bet that avoiding more questioning is one big reason for his imminent leave-taking. He managed to run out the clock to avoid testifying before House committees, he’s stonewalled the Senate, and now he may be timing his departure to avoid any future confrontation with internal investigators (and, of course, the Senate if Sen. Graham doesn't lock it up).
He shouldn’t let the screen door hit him on the way out, but before he goes, he’s got to testify before the Senate. We’re sick of watching as slippery government lawyers grease their own way out of legal jeopardy. Do whatever it takes to put him in the hot seat that he’s been so tenaciously avoiding.
UPDATE: Investigative reporter John Solomon said Wednesday afternoon on Sean Hannity's radio show that according to his sources, one reason Rosenstein is leaving is that Bill Barr, in negotiating with the President, said he would accept the AG position if he could choose his own deputy. Rosenstein must have seen the writing on the wall, because Barr, presumably being of sound mind, would never choose him to continue in that job.
When one black male escort turns up dead of a drug overdose at the home of a white Democratic mega-donor in West Hollywood, that might just be a tragic coincidence. When a second turns up dead, that might actually be enough to get the homeowner seriously investigated, even if he is a Democratic mega-donor in West Hollywood. One black protester in the crowd outside his house made an interesting point: he said if two white men had been found dead inside a black man's house, the dude would already be in jail.
I really don’t mean to pick on “Democratic” Socialist Rep. Alex Ocasio-Cortez, but her plans to remake America into a socialist Utopia apparently not only require destroying the Constitution and US economy but also waging war on fact-checkers. After being challenged on her fuzzy math on “Sixty Minutes” (hey, it was only a little $21 trillion mistake, which is nothing when you’re “morally right”), she went on an epic tweet-storm against fact-checkers, demanding to know why she’s being fact-checked so much when the Trump Administration has been fact-checked so little.
The Washington Post’s fact-checker, Glenn Kessler, replied, “We have fact-checked you twice. We have fact-checked 7,645 Trump claims.”
Then you’d better brace yourself, Glenn. She has 7,643 to go.
As long as we’re on the subject: when you hear the latest crop of far-leftists revive the old saw about the rich needing to pay their “fair share,” you can consult this handy link to see how much they’re already paying. Like how the top 20% of earners currently pay over 88% of all federal income taxes. They might argue that that's not fair.
And note that that while the tax cut has led to a job boom and manufacturing jobs returning to the US that Obama suggested would never come back without a magic wand, Democrats are already talking about raising the corporate tax rate by a whopping 33%, making the US less competitive with other nations and killing recent growth in GDP, jobs and wages.
But then, we’d all suffer equally, so it’s “fair!”
This is a big week for believers in Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and socialism. As if to illustrate why so many productive, tax-paying citizens are fleeing blue states, New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio announced that the city will begin guaranteeing comprehensive health care to every resident, regardless of ability to pay or immigration status. That includes 300,000 “undocumented New Yorkers,” or to use the more precise, non-PC term, “illegal aliens.” And in the grand tradition of creators of big government handout programs since time began (and aluminum siding salesmen), DeBlasio promised, “It's going to save us money down the line."
Meanwhile, on the far left coast, California’s new Governor Gavin Newsom pushed the state closer to single-payer health care by announcing that health care benefits would be extended to illegal immigrants under age 26 (Questions: if you’re not allowed to ask for ID to see if they’re even citizens, how do you determine their ages? So isn't that age limit effectively unenforceable?)
I don’t expect politicians of their ilk to be familiar with economic history and theory explaining the unintended consequences of offering “free” stuff that someone else has to pay for to anybody who shows up. But judging from their thinking, you might guess that during their formative years, they probably smoked a lot of weed while listening to rock albums. If so, then they must have heard “Tommy” by the Who. So I'll cite that:
In this rock opera, a deaf, dumb and blind, but charismatic, guy who literally knows nothing about the real world becomes a celebrity, and a lot of deluded stoners decide he must be their Messiah. He has a big enough ego to believe it himself, so he orders his followers to put on blinders and ear plugs and build a big commune, then he starts inviting the entire world to move in and live there for free (“We need more room, build an extension, a colorful palace, spare no expense now…”)
Naturally, the place is soon filled to bursting, yet “there’s more at the door, there’s more at the door…”
The rock opera has a happy ending when even Tommy’s deluded followers finally realize he’s a fraud, declare, “We’re not gonna take it,” and overthrow him. Let us all pray that the voters of New York City and California take off their blinders and earplugs and have the same realization before the entire population of Central America has moved in and all the producers have fled to Texas where they’re listening to ZZ Top.
In Case You Missed It: Herman Cain and I talked to Jesse Watters on Fox News about Mitt Romney’s flip-flopping assault on President Trump. Video at the link.